It’s no secret now that Covid-19 has accelerated the adoption of automation solutions across factories globally. Not only do factories have to adopt automation solutions to cope with remote working regulations, but they also had to respond to the changes in supply chain management, increased consumer demands, the massive shifts in digitalising B2B operations among others.
However, digital transformation, particularly industrial automation, in a factory is easier said than done. The industrial sector is known for its slower reaction time to change, largely due to the size of its operations and processes. In fact, many of our customers come to us with these initial questions:
· How should I start the digital transformation process?
· How much money do I need to invest in digital transformation initiatives?
· There are so many automation solutions in the market, which one should I choose?
Yes, there are many factors to consider before embarking on a digital transformation process. So let’s break down the basic steps you should have when implementing automation solutions at your factory!
Step 1: Identify an easily adaptable process in your factory
If you’re not sure where to start with industrial automation, try identifying a process in your factory that can be easily adapted to an industrial automation solution. For instance, a manual metal grinding process can be easily replaced with a robotic grinding arm that can be customised for your needs, and that can be implemented at a low cost as well!
Another benefit to doing this is that you’ll get a deeper insight into the impact of automation solutions through the data analytics dashboard, all without having to commit to the full suite of solutions straightaway.
Step 2: Select a suitable solution
The next step is to select a suitable solution for your operation. With the plethora of solutions available in the market today, it is difficult to identify the right solution for your business.
This is where solution providers like Leaptron can help! We work with leading industrial automation solutions from around the world, and we have a strong track record of helping top industrial companies implement automation solutions for all types of factory processes. Instead of scheduling introductory demo meetings with individual vendors, you can make use of Leaptron’s product expertise to quickly narrow down your options and speed up the digital transformation process.
Speak to one of our consultants to find out what solution works best for you!
Step 3: Pilot test rigorously!
Selecting your solution and pilot testing your solution needs to come hand in hand. While we can analyse your needs and identify the best solution fit, nothing beats pilot testing it to find out if there are any problems or hazards. A pilot test is also crucial for you to understand how effective the automation solution is before you commit to it in the long term.
We hope this article has been useful for you. Good luck in your digital transformation journeys!